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quoted Three Ordinary Girls by Tim Brady

Three Ordinary Girls (2022, Kensington Publishing Corporation, Citadel) No rating

There were still Dutch forces fighting in Zeeland, in the far northern corner of the country, but theirs was a lonely battle that would not last long.

Three Ordinary Girls by  (Page 17)

Zeeland is in the southeast of the Netherlands, bordering with Belgium in the south. It's about 30 km (19 miles) from where I was born.

This book is quite highly rated, but it's currently very unlikely that I will finish it. It was gifted to me and the cover alone triggered me a little bit already. The writing style so far makes me doubt most of what I read. Probably unfairly so; it just constantly gives me a gut feeling that important nuances are left out as the storytelling is kept compact. Finding a snippet like the above does not help.

Anyway, it's fair enough to say that I didn't read enough of the book. I just don't feel like it.

Walking One Step at a Time (2019, Pantheon Books) 3 stars

Writing style puts me off

3 stars

The writer is an explorer who definitely has loads of fascinating stories to tell. He is after all the first person to reach the north pole, south pole and the summit of the mount Everest on foot. Unfortunately, this book didn't feel engaging at all, and the writing style didn't resonate with me.

The Living Mountain (2011, Canongate) 5 stars

The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain: said a newspaper of …

Yet often the mountain gives itself most completely when I have no destination, when I reach nowhere in particular, but have gone out merely to be with the mountain as one visits a friend with no intention but to be with him.

The Living Mountain by  (32%)

I love this book for being so personal and beautifully worded.